February 2, 2023

COAI applauds the letter issued by the Department of Telecommunications to Chief Secretaries across India to accept Online applications through the GatiShakti Sanchar Port only

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New Delhi, May 23, 2022: COAI applauds the directorate issued by the Department of Telecommunications to Chief Secretaries across India to accept Online applications through the GatiShakti Sanchar Portal to enhance broadband connectivity in the country. The Hon’ble Minister of Communication, Electronics & IT and Railways inaugurated the ‘GatiShakti Sanchar’ Portal for Right of Way approvals (www.sugamsanchar.gov.in) on 14th May 2022 in the presence of senior officials of the Department of Telecommunication, Industry and senior officials of 36 States/UTs through VC.  This directorate will help in the speedy grant of RoW permissions, quick rollout of broadband across the country, and more transparency in the system. Thus, contributing to the connected Digital India roadmap.

For the faster roll-out of 5G services in the country in near future, Network Infrastructure is one of the key needs for mobile operators and the industry is presently struggling with the basics when it comes to Right of Way (RoW) permission in the country. ‘GatiShakti Sanchar’ Portal is a central collaborative platform between all stakeholders including Central and State/UT Government(s), Local bodies, and Service Providers to facilitate the faster RoW deployment to boost Digital Infrastructure in the country.

Appreciating the directorate of DoT, Lt. Gen. Dr SP Kochhar, Director General said “The portal will help enable a faster rollout of the 5G network in India by drastically reducing the time taken by telecom service providers and infrastructure providers to obtain clearances for installation of Telecom Towers and to lay optic fiber cables. The portal is expected to give time-bound RoW approvals from local municipalities/ DCs/ etc. across the nation. The Gati Shakti Sanchar portal is an important step toward making India Digitally advanced, encompassing programs like smart cities and digital society and achieving the goal of “Broadband for All”.

If the RoW issue isn’t solved in a time-bound manner, then this can lead to hindrances in the 5G rollout. DoT secretary had earlier also directed all DoT field units to conduct monthly meetings with service providers to review the application approval process and pendency. He had further directed them to further take up the issues with state & municipal authorities. DoT had also earlier directed state secretaries and department heads of state governments to ensure quick disposal of RoW applications in their states. State broadband committees have also been asked to follow the state policy with Central RoW Rule-2016. The portal will be integrated with central RoW portals of other central ministries like the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, etc.

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